The ANCM 49th Annual Meeting and Exhibit was an exciting success!  Many midwives from California traveled the distance to New Orleans for the event.  The Los Angeles chapter had a successful fundraising event at the 'Midwifery Market' where we sold jewelry, sports/breastfeeding bras, t-shirts and raffled a baby blanket.  At our regional meeting, Southern California midwife B.J. Snell was honored with the "Award for Excellence", which many of us can attest was well-deserved!  At the closing party the dance floor was opened by none other than Los Angeles' own Terre Lirette.  The 50th Annual Meeting will be held next year in Washington D.C. and we hope that many California midwives will be able to attend and help reach the goal of "2005 in 2005"!!!


    California midwives attend one of the business meetings

   A little Fundraising at the Midwifery Market!


Some Locals.



Earlier this year....

April 25-26th was the well-attended CNMA Meeting and 2nd Annual Lobby Day. Midwives from all over the state traveled to Sacramento to discuss our legislative priorities with different political leaders and their representatives.  Following lobby day, CNMA hosted a reception honoring our political 'champion' Senator Liz Figueroa as she begins her campaign for Lieutenant Governor.

On March 6th many L.A. area midwives met up in Valencia for the "Breast Symposium for Healthcare Providers", sponsored by Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center.  The chapter hosted an educational display and helped conference-goers to gain familiarity with midwifery and nurse midwives in particular.  Overall a very successful endeavor.  The symposium boasted top experts in the field and speakers covered the latest issues in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.  All aspects of dealing with this devastating diagnosis were addressed. 

Last October we held a chapter meeting in true pampering style at Glen Ivy Hot Springs.  Six chapter members met and relaxed while taking care of business... Our biggest accomplishment: a group phone call to our congress-people encouraging support of HR2980.  While that measure is no longer active there's still plenty to do legislatively speaking:   Click here to learn how easy it is to "Speak Out!" for midwifery!!


In early June many of us headed east to beautiful Palm Desert for the Annual Meeting.  Our chapter was able to raise money by volunteering to assist the Inland Empire chapter with running the "Hospitality Booth".  At the booth meeting-goers were able to purchase snacks and beverages as well as midwifery- and desert- related novelties...The annual meeting was definitely a success and Funds were raised for many chapters through Midwifery Marketplace and for the CNMA through a popular silent auction.

During the beginning months of 2003, Los Angeles midwives were busy preparing for the arrival of acclaimed social anthropologist, Sheila Kitzinger.  This large event had over 150 in attendance.  An eclectic group of midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and lactation consultants (and then some) gathered to hear the words of wisdom offered.  Copies of the famous author's book "Rediscovering Birth" were available for purchase and signing. Many of the "planning committee" had the opportunity to have dinner with Ms. Kitzinger the night before the big day... Quite an honor!  This event raised funds for the chapter, half of which were donated to the California Nurse Midwives Association to support legislative efforts.  For more information on Sheila Kitzinger, her work and publications, please visit her website.


Finally, October 2002, in honor of Nurse Midwifery Week, the chapter hosted a book signing with Peggy Vincent, CNM, author of "Baby Catcher".  It was an informal chat and book signing but also provided the chapter with a fundraising opportunity.  Peggy graciously signed (many) copies of her book which were able to sell to benefit the chapter.  Peggy also donated her time to speak with us and we are very grateful!  Here's a link to Peggy's website